Sized Hail Injures Zoo Visitors, Kills 2 Zoo Animals

Lester Mason
August 7, 2018

Some of the largest hail fell on the southern side of Colorado Springs with hailstones measuring almost as large as softballs.

"It was hail the size I've never seen before", said Jenny Koch, marketing director of the zoo, to The Denver Post.

The zoo posted on Facebook that it would be closed on Tuesday to evaluate damage.

People at the zoo were told to stay in place as emergency personnel made arrangements for evacuations to Cheyenne Mountain High School for reunification efforts for families and large groups. A third animal - a vulture - was initially reported dead, but later turned out to be severely injured.

All 3,400 guests were evacuated from the zoo, the Denver Post also reported.

A 4-year-old muscovy duck named Daisy and a 13-year-old cape vulture named Motswari were killed.

Officials at the zoo say they were expecting severe weather, they weren't expecting the baseball-sized hail that came with none of the usual weather warnings.


The storm also knocked out power to almost 2,000 customers and washed debris onto U.S. Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs. About 3,400 guests were at the zoo at the time.

The storm knocked out power to almost 2,000 customers in the area, and heavy rain and debris forced the closure of US Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

The Broadmoor Hotel and resort also was pounded by hail, and staff members are assessing the damage.

One person at the zoo shared video on Instagram showing the hailstones falling as they hid in a restaurant for cover.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department tweeted that the victims were being treated for traumatic injuries after a powerful storm passed over the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Monday afternoon.

Nine people suffered treatable injuries and were later released. None of the children attending zoo camp was injured.

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